AMHERST, Mass. – Donning special camouflage-style caps in honor of Military Appreciation Day, Amherst College defeated visiting Elms College 5-1 in a non-conference baseball game on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field.
The Mammoths took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and led 2-1 from the top of the fifth until the bottom of the eighth, when they tacked on three more runs to help them improve to 12-7 on the year.
Nick Nardone '19 had two hits for Amherst, including an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. Amherst managed just four base knocks against the Blazers (3-17), with Stephen Burke '20 and Chase Henley '19 also reaching base in that fashion.
Amherst got their noses in front in the bottom of the second inning when Burke led off with a single to center field, stole second and then eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Severino Simeone '20.
Henley gave Amherst a 2-0 cushion in the fourth with a one-out single through the left side. A pair of wild pitches helped bring Henley home to help support pitcher Wilson Taylor '19, who threw four and a third innings and allowed just one run on two hits.
Josh Nohilly singled up the middle to score Kris Alverado in the fifth as Elms cut the deficit in half.
Taylor struck out a pair in the top of the fourth, where Elms left two on base, then Zach Horwitz '20 came in to get the final two outs of the fifth as Elms left the bases loaded.
Glazier knocked down a ball hit sharply at him to end the top of the seventh and strand Elms runners on second and third.
The Blazers rapped out two hits and took a walk to load the bases in the top of the eighth, but Dow came on to strike out Nohilly to leave three runners on and preserve the 2-1 lead on the way to his sixth save of the year.
The Amherst pitching staff held Elms to just six hits, two each by Nohilly and Josh Berthiaume.
Amherst heads to Hamilton College this weekend for a big New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) West Division series. The teams will play a single game on Friday at 4:00 PM, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12:00 PM.
Elms heads to play against Lesley on Saturday at 3:00 and 6:00 PM.